20 years ago (2001)
Some valuable timber has rested on the bottom of Gull Lake since the early 1900, when it sank on the way to sawmills. A law allowing recovery of this valuable resource was passed by the legislature, but may be amended. Lake property owners say the recovery will adversely affect water clarity when sediment is disturbed.
30 years ago (1991)
The Warrior boys' basketball team rebounded from a disheartening forfeit loss for inadvertently violating the playing time limitation, to score a 62-58 win at Willmar, where they hadn't won since 1979, a stretch of 10 games. Brainerd junior Kyle Smith scored a career-high 26 points as Brainerd moved to 12-2 on the season.
40 years ago (1981)
“Beating St. Cloud Apollo twice in one season is quite a feat for us,” said coach Tom Younghans of the Warrior boys' hockey team. Brainerd, which beat Apollo 3-2 in January, roared out to a 3-0 lead enroute to a 5-3 win. Brainerd, now 4-1-1 in the conference and 11-2-1 overall, hadn't beaten Apollo since 1974.
60 years ago (1961)
Warrior reserve Bill Laumann is now a starter after Bob Sheflo left the team, and he made the most of his start to lead Brainerd with 18 points as they defeated C-I, 63-52, for their 11th straight victory. C-I led a cold-starting Brainerd 31-21 at the half before Brainerd played its best two quarters of the season.
80 years ago (1941)
Playing a decidedly slow game, Brainerd's Red Devil hockey team went down to defeat on the road against C-I, 5-3. There was no score in the first period. Straka notched a goal in the second and C-I answered. But the third period saw C-I scoring four goals to two by the Red Devils.
100 years ago (1921)
Adam Brown, one of Brainerd's first citizens, died yesterday at age 75. He was born in Germany in 1845. He had the distinction of driving the first railroad engine through what is now Brainerd. Brown became one of Brainerd's earliest settlers and was a founding director of the First National Bank.